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Planning for Sea-Level Rise VII: Disclosure

February 21st, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


This is the seventh of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers requirements for disclosure of a property’s vulnerability to flooding. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise VI: Tax Districts

February 17th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


This is the sixth of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers the use of special tax districts to fund risk-related services. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise V: Overlay Zones

February 16th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


Examples of overlay zones.

This is the fifth of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers the use of overlay zones to delineate and regulate areas at risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise IV: Changes to Building and Site Standards

February 8th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


Increased setbacks can keep structures safer from rising seas.

This is the fourth of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers changes to building and site standards to address risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise III: Restricting Development

February 8th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


How rolling easements move to protect changing shorelines.

This is the third of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers methods to reduce repetitive loss and respond to changing shoreline characteristics as sea levels rise. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Caren Franzini

January 26th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

The New Jersey Future board of trustees, staff and community are all deeply saddened by the passing of New Jersey Future trustee Caren Franzini.

Caren became a trustee in 2014, two years after she had launched her own economic-development consulting firm. For almost 20 years prior to that, she led the state’s Economic Development Authority. Under her leadership the authority focused on ways to make New Jersey more competitive for emerging technology and biotech companies, and it worked to provide greater assistance to small businesses. In her capacity at EDA she served seven governors across four administrations. Read the rest of this entry »

Developers Convention To Address ‘Why Green Infrastructure?’

January 24th, 2017 by Kandyce Perry

Attendees of the 2017 Atlantic Builders Convention can attend free Green Infrastructure Speed Consulting sessions to receive advice from experts on how to include green infrastructure in development protects.

New Jersey Future, in partnership with the New Jersey Builders Association, will debut a suite of new green infrastructure resources and tools at the Atlantic Builders Convention that are intended to answer developers’ common questions:

  • What is green infrastructure?
  • Why do some developers want their projects to include green stormwater infrastructure?
  • What are the costs, impacts on the bottom line, and benefits of GI that could affect developer decision-making? Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Future Staff To Speak at Planning Conference

January 19th, 2017 by Elaine Clisham

Three members of the New Jersey Future staff will be on the dais at the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association’s annual New Jersey Planning Conference, Jan. 26 and 27 in New Brunswick. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise II: Redirecting Development

January 10th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


Rendering of Woolwich Township TDR

Rendering of Woolwich Township TDR

This is the second of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers four methods to redirect development out of areas at risk that involve compensating property owners. The first two tools involve private transactions to finance the acquisitions, while the second two depend upon public funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise I: Accounting for Damage

January 10th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


Introduction

For the past four years, New Jersey Future has assisted several coastal communities with recovery and resiliency planning following Hurricane Sandy. This work is difficult in large part because communities, even with support and coaching, are not yet prepared to address coastal (including riverine) vulnerability. We’ve yet to come to grips with the fact that eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and growing flood risks associated with sea-level rise in many cases render rebuilding in place unsafe and untenable in the long term.

Eventually, when nuisance flooding begins to occur more regularly and willingness to accommodate this inundation is exhausted, reshaping development patterns to shift growth away from high-risk areas will become necessary. The questions are: How can municipalities in New Jersey best prepare for such changes; and when and where should they occur? Read the rest of this entry »

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